If you are thinking about getting a spray tan, you might be hesitant because you have heard some negative things about the process. Fortunately, these are all myths, and you can rest assured that your spray tan will look natural and even. Here are the biggest myths about spray tanning so you can be more informed.

A Spray Tan Looks Orange

This one has its roots in truth, but is no longer a fact. When spray tanning and tanning solutions were new, there were issues with how natural it looked. Some made you look orange and some made you look like you’d been seared by something hot. DHA, the active tanning ingredient, wasn’t very well understood. You needed to balance the DHA, and most solutions had too much or too little. However, methodologies, and techniques have changed and evolved over the years. Now, spray tans look very natural. In fact, most spray tans are now indistinguishable from sun tans. Looking orange is no longer a problem for those who are looking for a quality tan.

It Prevents Sunburns

Make no mistake: if you have a spray tan, you are not protected from the sun. It is very dangerous to assume that a spray tan can protect you in the same way that a regular tan can. Even still, a regular tan doesn’t protect all that well either. Spray tans do not come with SPF, so there is no protection. The only way that spray tans prevent sunburns and other skin conditions is that you won’t have to lie in the sun to get it. You can achieve a natural-looking and healthy glow without exposing yourself to harmful UV rays.

Spray Tanning Is For Young People

There are several reasons for this myth. One is that young people like to go out and have fun, and are also very self-conscious about their appearance. However, older folks might be more secure with themselves and not see the need. They also are probably more likely to believe in the orange myth. However, the truth is that a spray tan is for anyone. Older people who do spray tan get tremendous benefits from it. As you age, your skin can lose its vibrancy and color. By tanning, you can reinvigorate your skin and give yourself a healthy and youthful glow.

Spray Tanning Solution Causes Stains

It’s been a long held belief that spray tanning causes stains on clothing and upholstery. This one also has a kernel of truth to it, but it is not true anymore. There are certain oils used in some spray tanning solutions that cause the smudges on your collar or the marks on your sheet. However, these are easily rinsed off after your tan so that there is no cause for concern. In fact, they aren’t even stains because they come off so easily. Some spray tanning solutions don’t have these oils at all, so you are perfectly safe. As technologies and techniques evolve, there’s no doubt that staining will be a thing of the past.

Spray Tanning Looks Funny

The whole point of getting a tan is to improve the way you look. Much like with making you look orange, there is a belief that spray tanning looks “funny” or unnatural. While it was true once upon a time, it is not true anymore, as long as you have the right formulation. For one, the formula should be matched to your skin tone. Secondly, the technician should put the right amount on your skin. They can’t overdo it and they can’t underdo it. Fortunately, there are a lot of shades and tones to choose from. Most technicians are very good at choosing one that’s appropriate and applying the right amount. Once again, current methods make this myth obsolete.

If you’re hesitating because of one of these myths, then set your mind at ease. You can get a healthy and natural glow from a spray tan with no worries.